Football actually originated in China, though the game’s present form took shape in Great Britain. 80% of all Footballs are manufactured in Pakistan. But none of that matters for the next two months because ISL is taking place here in India! So this goes out to all the die-hard Indian Football fans: 5 interesting football facts from our beloved home grounds that you thought you knew.
- The oldest existing Football Competition outside Britain takes place in India! Yes, you heard that one right. It’s the Durand Cup, inaugurated in 1888 it remains the fourth-oldest existing football event across the globe, behind the English FA Cup, the Scottish Cup and the Welsh Cup. The Tournament is named after its founder, Sir Mortimer Durand, Foreign Secretary in charge of India from 1884 to 1894.
- The Indian Football team’s bare feet bravery at the 1948 Olympics earned them a royal fan in Princess Margaret, the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II
- During the 1950’s Indian Football reigned Asia. India, with players like P.K Banjeree and Neville D’Souza, established themselves as the best team in Asia for 15 years beginning from the first Asian Games in 1951
- Regarded as one of India’s finest defenders and Captain, Salien Nath Manna was the only Asian to ever make it to the list of the world’s ten best captains in the English FA’s celebrated football yearbook
- Mahatma Gandhi used football to help break racial barriers in South Africa